Have you claimed your knowledge panel? A knowledge panel is a great resource that enables internet searchers to learn about your business before even clicking through to your website.

The knowledge panel gives businesses more online exposure while helping internet users have a better experience. And, it also helps businesses with SEO by providing a backlink to their website and generating more website traffic.

Learn how to claim your knowledge panel with this video! Then watch this video on how to set up your Google My Business listing.

Video Transcript

Lauren: Hi, I’m Lauren from our search team. Uh oh, back one. And this is Alex from our geo team and we’re really excited to share a little about knowledge panels today and how you can claim them and engage with them. So, as we heard earlier this morning billions of searches take place on Google every year and many of those are about people and organizations. When searchers find the people in organizations that you represent, we want to give you the tools to make a great first impression with your knowledge panel. Next, so for those of you that are intimately familiar with knowledge panels already, indulge me for a moment, and for those that may be new to knowledge panels, here’s a quick overview.

What is a Knowledge Panel?

The knowledge panel is an information box that appears when you search for entities that are in the knowledge graph. People, businesses, things, places, locations; They give you a quick snapshot of information on a topic based on Google’s understanding of available content on the web. So, if you hear about an awesome new restaurant or a great non-profit and you come to Google, this is a quick way for you to learn more and get to know the topic, Based on the topic of the knowledge panel, there may be different information or features included. For example, if the topic of the knowledge panel is a business that serves a specific location or a service area, the knowledge panel may have options that are specific to businesses. We know that people and organizations with the information included in knowledge panels like those that you may work with or represent are authoritative on the topic, you are arguably one of the best authorities on yourself and we have tools for you to provide direct feedback and suggest any additions or changes. The tools may look a little different based on the topic of the knowledge panel, but the first step is always to do a search and look for a prompt to claim you’ll be guided through a verification process where we validate that you in fact do represent that topic.

What Happens Once You Claim a Knowledge Panel?

Once you’ve claimed the knowledge panel, you’ll want to take a look at the info in it. Review that information and suggest any needed dates or additions. In a study done with location-based businesses, they found that in businesses that complete their information are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers. This is definitely something that you want to do to make a great first impression if you haven’t already. To suggest those changes after claiming the knowledge panel the next time you do a search for the person, the business, the organization that you represent, you’ll see a special header at the top that invites you to suggest changes when prompted. Add any required information and documentation from the open web, your suggestions will be reviewed by a dedicated team and you’ll receive email updates along the way letting you know about the status of your suggestion. If you represent a business that serves a location, Alex is going to take you through that suggestion flow.

What Should Your Knowledge Panel Include?

Alex: Thanks Lauren and so when you see something like this you’ll be able to edit things like hours, ¬†customer service, numbers, street addresses, websites; The same information that shows up on the knowledge panel also shows up in Google Maps and other local search formats for Google. This is a primary way for people to understand and identify the business and get in contact with it. Important really part here is also making sure that once searchers finally discover or rediscover, you should let them know where to go next, so they can continue their journey depending on again the topic of the knowledge panel. You should be things like websites, social media presence so that searchers can take the next step in terms of finding you and discovering what you do.

Engaging Searches is Important

Engaging searchers is also super important. And so, we have a format that allows for certain types of knowledge panels to create and in create content and engage with consumers and searchers on Google. All those billions of people that were searching for you that Lauren mentioned, they should be able to see those updates depending on the type of knowledge panel you own. They should be able to see those types of content immediately once you’ve surfaced them in the knowledge panel. To get started, it’s pretty easy for people in brands. All you need to do is search for yourself and you should be able to see the claim knowledge panel link, and then for businesses local businesses you should go to Business.Google.com. Thanks.

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Allan McNabb, COO, Internet marketing by Image Building Media

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